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Keywords:

  • amides;
  • C[BOND]H activation;
  • iron;
  • rearrangements;
  • synthetic methods
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Something functional: The title reaction proceeds in the presence of azide and water to deliver amides in high yields, and it can be used in a ring-expansion strategy to generate lactams. A mechanism is proposed based on experimental results. This reaction offers a new approach to functionalizing simple and readily available hydrocarbons. DDQ=2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone.